Teenager hospitalized with minor injuries after something bites him.
A teenager was fishing in the water off Sanibel Island when something bit him this afternoon, causing lacerations in his right shin and left foot.
No one knows what bit the teenager – whether it was a shark or a smaller fish – but his injuries are minor, according to Sanibel Police Department Lt. William Dalton.
“The officer on scene said given the size of the bite, it couldn’t have been a very big fish,” Dalton said.
The incident occurred at Casa Ybel Resort, 2255 West Gulf Drive, at around 3:30 p.m.
When officers arrived the victim was out of the water and his parents had wrapped him in a towel. The victim was conscious and seemed calm, Dalton said. He was transported to HealthPark Medical Center.
“Every indication was that he was going to be fine,” he said.
The water was murky and no one saw the creature that bit the teenager, Dalton said.
But responding officers confirmed the injury appeared consistent with a bite, and did not appear to be caused by contact with rocks or other debris.
Officers have not closed the beach and are not issuing warnings to beach-goers.
“At this point in time,” Dalton said, “(there’s) no indication there’s anything to worry about, but just use general common sense and safety precautions.”